Updates from the Friends of Roils Head (FoRH)

See below, some of the main actions and upcoming events in place since the Friends of Roils Head AGM.

Woodland Trust
Tree pack application, some great news, the FoRH have been successful in its application for a large Wildlife (420 saplings) pack. This pack will be winging its way to us in November 2017!

Litter Picking – Rye Lane Entrance, Roils Head Moor
The clean up was a success! A number of people turned up (around 8 – 10) on Friday the 7th April 2017. The volunteers litter picked until all the bags were full. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and help out.

Changing Rooms –Demolished
These have now been demolished by the Council (March / April 2017).

Local Nature Reserve – Roils Head Moor?
K Reid contacted the Halifax Scientific Society (HSS) to see if they could help with detailed habitat mapping and a botanical survey of the moor. K Reid met and walked the moor for over an hour with Steve Blacksmith (Chair – HSS). The moor has wildlife and nature that are typical of Calderdale. Unfortunately the Society is unable to help us, there are no unusual or rare species we have come across (so far…!) and their members are busy with their own projects and areas of interest.

K Reid also attended Cromwell Bottom (Local Nature Reserve) on a Practical Day where he helped out and spoke to the people there about their group and how they do things at the reserve.

Warley Community Association – Dog Show
This has been put on hold for now. Realistically if an event does take place, then it is more than likely to be next year in 2018.

Open Spaces Society
Bernard French has applied on behalf of the FoRH to join the society. Since joining B French has been
in touch in regards to the Legal Rights – Roils Head Moor. The Open Spaces Society is Britain’s oldest
national conservation body, founded in 1865.They campaign for stronger protection for commons,
greens and paths and greater opportunities for everyone to enjoy them. Defend open spaces against
loss from development and assist local communities to safeguard their green spaces for themselves
and future generations.

The Local Plan
At the moment the timeline, on the Council website, is for the 6 week long consultation on the Draft
Local Plan to commence on the 30 June 2017 and end on the 11 August 2017. The publication of the
Local Plan for representations is January 2018.

Next General Meeting
The next General Meeting will be held as soon as we hear anything further on the Council Local Plan or at members request if they require one at any time sooner.

Friends of Beechwood Park in the final 3 for ‘Bags of Help’

Joan Tillotson, treasurer of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group recently applied to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme for funding to help pay for essential maintenance and repair work in Beechwood Park and her application has now made it into the final three.

There are 3 grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs and it’s now down to shoppers to decide which groups get 1st 2nd or 3rd by placing a disc into a tank for their group of choice which means the Friends of Beechwood Park group are guaranteed at least £1,000 to carry out the necessary work.

So if you’re out shopping at Tesco stores and would like to support the Friends of Beechwood Park, be sure to put your green disc in their tank.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Beechwood Park group please contact Ward Coordinator Tony King on 01422 255402 or by email to tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

bags-of-help-friends-of-beechwood-parkPictured: Ward Coordinator Tony King who helped develop the Friends of Beechwood Park and Group Treasurer Joan Tillotson

Junior Wardens build bird boxes and feeds for National Bird Week

9Moorside Junior Wardens had a lesson in woodwork to build bird boxes and feeds as part of National Bird Week.

The wardens have each made a bird box and feeder which will be put up in Beechwood Park where the habitat of the birds will be monitored throughout the year with help from PCSO Katie Leeman West Yorkshire Police , CMBC Community Warden Ced Ockley ,Dave Pickard and CMBC North Halifax Parks Area Manger Pete Oddy and Paul Tetley.

Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a fantastic project that was sponsored by the Police Mutual Funds which has allowed the Junior Wardens to have a valuable input to contribute to bird conservation by creating a safe place for the North Halifax Wildlife for National Nest Box Week which takes place every year from 14-21 February, and after more than 19 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.”

4NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

Look out for the boxes and habitat in Beechwood Park!



Lee Mount Junior Wardens clean up Shroggs Park

It’s been 10 years since Lee Mount Primary School worked to create the Somewhere Over the Rainbow project in Shroggs Park, Lee Mount and following interviews there’s now a new Junior Warden’s scheme in place at the school.

The Lee Mount Junior Wardens are proud of where they live and work together to identify environmental and safety problems in order to make our neighbourhood a better place to live.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016-jpg1-jpg2-jpg4-jpg5On Wednesday 30 November the Wardens joined together with Pete Oddy area manager for Calderdale Safer Cleaner Greener Team ,Pc Kim McCloskey & PCSO Trevor Lovelock West Yorkshire Police and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative to litter pick in Shroggs Park.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016The Junior Wardens have also worked on a speed initiative on Shroggs Road and Wheatley Lane to check the speeds of passing traffic along with PC McCloskey, PCSO Leeman & PCSO Foster.

The majority of vehicles checked were travelling under or at the required speed limit, however a few drivers were advised regarding the recent changes to the speed limits that came into force in the North Halifax area in October 2016.

Look out for more exciting activities including bird box and feeder making from the new Lee Mount Junior Wardens over the coming months.

Clean up produces 10 bags of rubbish at Beechwood Park

beechwood-park-clean-upA clean up of Beechwood Park took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 October as partners from West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Council and Ovenden Initiative were joined by local residents to tackle the issue.

Just one hour walking around the park with litter picks and bags at hand was enough time to produce a shocking 10 bags full of discarded litter & waste.

We would like to thank local residents John and Richard who came along to help and took part in the much needed clean up.